The Reconstruction of Space & Time through Mobile Communication Practices

A call for paper that might lead to something I'd be interesting to read/work on:

call for papers for the first Mobile Communication Research Annual. In conjunction with Transaction Publishers and a distinguished editorial board, we are requesting submissions in the area of "The Reconstruction of Space & Time through Mobile Communication Practices."

Rich Ling and Scott Campbell

The volume's theme will be "The Reconstruction of Space and Time through Mobile Communication Practices." The proliferation of wireless and mobile communication technologies gives rise to important changes in how people experience space and time. These changes may be seen in many realms of social life, such as the transformation of public into private space and vice versa, the blurring of lines demarcating work and personal life, and new patterns of coordination and social networks. Recent scholarship has tried to make sense of these changes in space and time. For example, Manuel Castells argues that advances in telecommunications have contributed to new spatio-temporal forms, which he describes as "the space of flows" and "timeless time." According to Castells, these new forms mark a shift in the importance of the meaning of a place to the patterns of the de-sequenced, networked interactions that occur in that place. The purpose of this special issue is to continue and deepen the dialog on how space and time change as a result of the lower threshold for interaction due to mobile communication technologies.

Abstracts of 200 words describing the proposed papers are due by 17 March 2006 with those accepted due in final form by 1 September 2006.

Why do I blog this? I feel like this topic is highly relevant to my research, especially with regards to how knowing where others (people+objects) are can change specific behaviors (communication content, channel of communication used, negotiation and coordination processes...)

Readers asks me where is the url of the CfP. I don't know; I get it from a mailing list (telecom-cities) under the name "Call for Papers: THE MOBILE COMMUNICATION RESEARCH ANNUAL"...